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Monday 11 December 2017

Jurgen gets caught up in the moment just like I did

'I struggled to contain myself on the touchline during my time as Tranmere manager.' Pic: Getty
'I struggled to contain myself on the touchline during my time as Tranmere manager.' Pic: Getty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appears to be winding up some of his touchline rivals with his energetic efforts cheering on his team from the sidelines, but I know from personal experience why he is behaving like this.

Some TV pundits have had criticised Klopp for showing a lack of respect to his opponents by leaping around and getting fully involved in the game, but those making those comments don't appreciate what this can do to you when that whistle blows and battle commences.

I struggled to contain myself on the touchline during my time as Tranmere manager (above), with the emotion of the game gripping me to a point where I was nearly driven to insanity by the time I walked away from the job.

You build up all week to the game, put your heart and soul into a team of players you care so much about and then you can't contain your emotions both when you win and also in defeat.

Chris Hughton did not seem too amused by Klopp's antics as he had a go at him following his side's 5-1 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday and it takes quite a lot to wind Chris up as he is a great fella.

I played with Hughton in Ireland teams and rarely saw him lose his temper, but he was clearly riled by Klopp and seemed reluctant to shake hands at the end.

If I was a manager on the end of a beating and the opposition manager was dancing around in front of me waving his arms about as the fifth goal went it, I probably would have felt the same way Hughton did on Saturday.

Yet one of the reasons why Liverpool fans love Klopp is his passion for the game and the emotion he shows, so I don't expect him to stop what he does any time soon.

Also, I'm sure that when Brighton come to Anfield later in the season, Klopp and Hughton will shake hands and there will be no ill-feeling between the two.

Sometimes the tension of the moment in a big games affects managers in different ways and that is what we saw on Saturday.

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